June 1966 ~ December 2021
David Kenneth Phelps, age 55, of Patterson, California, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Charles and Georgianna Phelps in Mountain View, California. David was a presence to all that knew him, and that was no small feat, considering he never knew a stranger. His quick wit and irreverent humor entertained many and puzzled a few, but anyone who met him, remembered him. David’s self-professed greatest accomplishment was his family, and his pride for them shown through in every conversation that he had, as many who were forced to look at pictures can attest. David was a hard worker and wonderful provider, working 20 years in grocery as a night crew manager and had just surpassed the 14-year mark as a Route Sales Representative for Frito Lay in San Jose. David had an avid love for all things sports. You could find him most Saturday mornings, first off the tee, at various area golf courses, but his favorite course was Pacific Grove Golf Links, in Pacific Grove, where he swore he would retire.
David is survived by his loving wife Mary and children Kevin, Ryan, Ethan and Hannah, a brother, Charles Phelps, sisters Lois (Andy) Pace, Patty (Dave) Brumley, and Linda Phelps, numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Charles Phelps, his mother Georgianna Phelps, and his brother, Jerry Clemons. David also left behind 2 pups and 7 cats, the latter of which his loving wife is not happy about.
Memorial mass will be at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, in Turlock California, on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 10:00am.
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Alina saysMay 18, 2022 at 4:27 pm
I knew Dave from his time with Frito Lay. His visits to our store were always a high point of the day. He never failed to have a story or joke to share. He took pride in his work and never failed us. We were deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He left too soon and we will miss him.
Tina saysDecember 17, 2021 at 8:46 pm
Forever in my Heart.
Cindy Schut saysDecember 17, 2021 at 4:34 pm
May God carry Dave into heaven and the angels help his family during this time.
We prayer for Dave , his dear family and friends.
Cindy, Garrett, Mariele Schut
Jeneva Seilhan saysDecember 17, 2021 at 2:26 pm
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Dave was a fine man.
Dan, Ann snd Jonas Goldberg saysDecember 17, 2021 at 8:54 am
So sad to hear about his passing. The neighborhood won’t be the same without him”not to mention all the cats that love him.
Rosalie Teixeira saysDecember 16, 2021 at 11:26 pm
Mary and Family we are saddened by the news of Dave’s passing. I have fond memories of our days back at SHCS from our boys playing baseball to basketball to field trips. Dave had that infectious smile. when I would run into him it was usually at Walmart in an aisle. We would catch up on all of what our kids were up to and before you knew it an hour had gone by. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Kevin ,Ryan, Ethan and Hannah during this very difficult time.
Rosalie, Merv, Kendall and Matthew
Patricia Mello saysDecember 16, 2021 at 6:55 pm
Dave is my son-in-law and I loved him with all my heart. He was a major source of entertainment at all our family gatherings. He loved his family and truly enjoyed his job at Frito-Lay, I don’t think Dave ever met a stranger. He had a gift of gab and enjoyed being around people. If our family ever needed anything, Dave was always there. It’s going to be difficult moving forward without him. It is easier letting him go, knowing that his soul is resting in the hands of God.